CNI is a network of professional investors and high-profile members who partners with primarily Nordic unlisted, entrepreneur-driven companies in various industry segments.
At the core of the network is a team of seasoned investment managers with a flexible mandate and a pragmatic approach to deploying capital, driving growth and, together with the entrepreneur, creating value in companies in various markets and at diverse levels of maturity.
CNI is short for Club Network Investments and was founded in 2011. CNI is currently advising six funds.
With a proven track-record in international capital markets, the investment managers of CNI strive to team-up with superior entrepreneurs in a collaborative way.
After six years working as an equity analyst for ABG Sundal Collier in London, Mr. Ejerhed relocated to Sweden in 2007 to head-up a team of specialised equity analysts. In 2010, he took a position as a portfolio manager for a local wealth manager, before moving on to co-found CNI. Mr. Ejerhed holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) and a BA of Arts from the universities of Stockholm and Uppsala.
Mareauline has a LLM with special focus on corporate law and financial regulation from the University of Edinburgh. Following her graduation from law school she worked for FNZ in Edinburgh, a UK fintech start up that creates investment platforms. Mareauline combines legal expertise with a deep understanding of the financial sector. Since moving to Stockholm in 2017 she has held positions at Aztec group as well as Nordax Bank.
Victor spent two years working with mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley in London and Stockholm covering Nordic companies across several sectors before joining the Private Equity team at EQT Partners in 2017. At EQT, Victor was part of the FIG and Services sector teams focusing on evaluating new investments as well as value creation in existing portfolio companies. Victor holds a B.Sc. in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.
CNI partners with small- and medium-sized Nordic companies, with proof-of-concept at or close to break-even and a credible plan for near-term growth in profitability. Some would call this late stage venture capital. We prefer to identify our partner companies by their needs, which is typically access to network, funding and support in key strategic decisions. In that order. More often than not, this also goes for more mature, cash-flow generative businesses.
CNI has no specific sector focus and we always strive to open up and utilize our network for the benefit of our portfolio companies, while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.
We strongly believe in entrepreneur control. We prefer the driving force behind the business to remain heavily incentivized and we always strive to maintain the same entrepreneurial mindset as the entrepreneur. Unlike most traditional VC/PE investors, our commitment and ownership are not limited in time by a hard-stop. Rather, we think it is important to align all co-investors in the value creation and exit processes in a collaborative way.
Our approach is quite simple: we invest in companies run by the right people that have what it takes to succeed. These entrepreneurs do not need investor interference. Rather, we think they need an investor that can provide access to network, capital and support in key strategic decisions. In that order.
Portfolio Construction Strategy
CNI deploys a clear portfolio construction strategy, based on a combination of growth and value. By combining cashflow-generative value investments with high-growth investment cases, CNI typically constructs portfolios that benefit from downside protection, while enjoying significant upside potential.
CNI is owned and controlled by the investment team and external professional investors across the Nordics and Europe.